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India won Gold in World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad

Dec 26, 2014 13:47 IST

India won Gold in World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad on 22 December 2014. India won against Turkey 3.0-1.0 in the final round at the FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs) tournament held at Gyor, Hungary.

Russia defeated Ukraine 3.5-0.5 in the final round to come at second place and win the Silver medal. The third place was clinched by Iran while Hungary finished at fourth place in the tournament.

In the final round, three Indians International Master (IM) Murali Karthikeyan, IM Aravindh Chithambaram and Kumaran Balaji won their respective matches to clinch the Gold. Only IM Diptayan Ghosh lost to Vahap Sanal of Turkey.

Karthikeyan won against Ali Marandi, Chithambaram against Volkan Sevgi and Balaji against Tuna Tuncer. Chithambaram was the best among the Indians in the 10-round tournament who scored eight points in the nine games (8 wins, 1 loss). Karthikeyan also scored eight points in the ten 10 games (6 wins, 4 draws).

Ghosh scored 5.5 points in the nine games and Balaji scored 4.5 points out of nine games. G K Monnisha was the fifth player in the team of India and scored 0.5 points from three games.


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